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You'd be hard pressed to think of a pack feature you want that the Alps Mountaineering Red Tail Backpack doesn't provide. The adjustable shoulder harness with dual aluminum stays allows you to comfortably shoulder the pack when the huge 80-liter storage capacity is fully loaded, making the pack ideal for multi-day to multi-month backpacking adventures. After you set-up basecamp, you'll be glad to know that the front pocket and top lid convert to a day pack and fanny pack for summit bids and scenic day hikes.

  • Dual aluminum stay suspension system provides support for hauling heavy multi-day loads
  • Webbing Ladder adjustable harness allows you to adjust the torso length between 14 and 22 inches for a perfect fit
  • SoftEdge shoulder straps and a triple-layer hip belt boost comfort on contact points
  • Contoured lumbar pad with a ToughGrip center panel keeps the pack securely in place on your hips
  • Top-loading design with a bottom access pocket allows for organized packing and easy unloading
  • Huge 80-liter storage capacity makes the pack ideal for extended treks and backpacking trips
  • Front pocket converts to a day pack and the top lid converts to a fanny pack for summit hikes
  • Included rain cover keeps gear dry in unexpected storms
  • Hydration pocket and port enable on-the-go thirst quenching (reservoir not included)
  • Front kangaroo pocket provides quick access to essential gear
  • Internal main pocket divider helps keep gear organized
  • Side stretch pockets securely stow two water bottles
  • Multiple compression straps help balance the load
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Awesome Pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yes! Backcountry finally carries these! I have been waiting just so I could write a review and share how awesome this pack is. The Red Tail is very comfy and doesn't kill your shoulders or back with bad fitting. This is so adjustable and adaptable to your body that it feels like it has become a part of you- even when fully loaded. It comes with a rainfly/pack-cover that hides in the bottom half. It even includes a hole and pocket for a hydration pouch and hose. The exterior is made of ripstop material, so it becomes invincible to sticks and stones. It is also waterproof to protect your stuff. Alps Mountaineering did everything they could to make a pack that protected your stuff with undying perseverance! Including a lifetime warranty. This thing is just expertly designed and worth the money for sure.

Solid Pack for the money

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is my second Alps pack, and the only reason that I bought it is that my other Alps pack was starting to get a bit worse for wear after ~10 years of use. I am a fan of Alps gear - every product that I have gotten from them has been good.

I took the Red Tail out on its maiden voyage on a 30 mile, 3 day/2 night trip. It held up very well! After getting home and unpacking and drying everything out (we got caught in a storm on the last day), I have thought of some pros and cons of the pack.

Pros:
- Ample interior room for all your stuff. Seriously, this pack is cavernous on the inside
- Zippered divider between main compartment and sleeping bag compartment. Very nice as nothing small can fall into the bottom compartment like in packs that only have a drawstring closure there.
- Water bottle pockets are big enough that its basically impossible for them to fall out.
- Kangaroo pouch is handy addition. When I took off layers as we hiked, it was nice to have the kangaroo pouch to quickly stuff my long sleeve into rather than having to open up the top.
- Multi zippered top pouch makes for easy access to important stuff.
- The back padding allows for a bit of ventilation when worn.

Cons:
- No daisy chain on the outside. Only a minor con, because I got used to clipping things to the outside of my old pack with carabiners. The kangaroo pouch pretty much makes up for this though.
- Rain cover leaves a bit to be desired. The storm we got caught in was mostly heavy mist/light drizzle for about 5 hours and the rain cover seemed to wet out on the top of the pack. Not a huge deal, since I didn't have anything that couldn't get wet in the top, and hey - its a free rain cover.
- I got some sore spots on my hips from the belt. Although to be honest, I am not sure if this was due to the pack, the fact that I was soaked on the last day, or that I hadn't done a serious backpacking trip in like 10 months. So take that with a grain of salt.

Overall:
I think this is a very good pack for the money (especially if you get it on sale like I did!) and it seems to have held up well on the first trip. If the quality of this Alps pack is anything like my last one, I will use this pack for years to come.